Archive for the ‘Live to the Max’ Category

Monday, August 22nd 2016

The #1 Reason I Quit ALL Alcohol (Beer, Wine, Spirits)

The journey of our lifetime presents us with opportunities to make choices for a better life...

And even though the forces of society can make it extremely difficult to see these choices, let alone realize we have a personal freedom, and innate ABILITY to choose - it can be a monumental challenge when faced with an opportunity for positive self-development...

Today I share with you, one of my recent "choices".

If you've been reading my posts and articles for a while, you'll already know that I put a lot of thought, energy and effort into improving various aspects of my life. For example: 1 - I no longer subscribe to TV/cable service. I gave TV up long ago, so I could focus in self-stimulation and growth. And remove the 'default' temptation of 'the tube' from the down-time options of my kids. (now we interact more, go for walks, play cards, read, etc...) 2 - I meditate almost every morning after my morning run/walk, keep a simple gratitude journal, and also read at least a few pages of enlightening writings, BEFORE the sun even comes up. 3 - I routinely read, and speak to people wiser than me, about relationship development and "how to manifest (consciously create the right conditions for) the ideal relationship". I've made book recommendations in some of my previous posts on this site, for anyone interested in attracting a better partner, to create a rewarding and fulfilling relationship. (Hint: this involves LOTS of positive work on yourself first, in order for you to have CLARITY on what an ideal match should look and feel like :-)

Today, though, I touch on a simple but powerful choice of becoming someone "who doesn't drink"...

It's important to note, that alcohol was never an addictive problem for me (even though I started at a young age, 14yo)... And even trying to use it as medication when I had the most (physically) painful 6 months of my life, living with a bulging lumbar disc, several years ago - it never 'hooked' me into becoming addicted. If you remember, I quit wine a few years ago, because it was causing problems with my sleep patterns. No thank you on that one. SLEEP is the life-giver and didn't want something messing that up. Goodbye wine... It was nice to know you. BUT, it was easy to keep finding "reasons" to keep drinking craft beers and spirits. Even saying "I'm a social drinker.." was kind of silly... 'Social' or not, it was still drinking. Truth be told, I could go months and months without even thinking of a drink. And just the same there were weeks where I could have a few every night with dinner... And sometimes too much.

But I never "needed" it...

And in the last year or so, I just kept feeling like dropping alcohol could be an easy and big step forward in my personal commitment to optimal health and longevity. And setting yet an even better example for those around me. A few "messages from the universe" came to me in a sequence, in a short amount of time. Those messages were: 1 - At certain times, my "self" would ask me a question; "Why am I going to drink this organic beer with dinner?" "Why can't I just drink something else?" "Do I really need this?", "Is this doing me ANY good?" All my honest answers indicated there was ZERO need or reason to have a few with dinner. Simple. 2 - I came a across a recent article about the fight to get "Causes/Increases Risk of Cancer" on alcoholic beverage labels. And then I started to dig deeper - and everything I found just reinforced my decision to cut it out of my life. Here's a great infographic from cancerresearchuk.org, illustrating my point:
alcohol cancer infographic
3 - Then, my friend (and Cellulite Success Story), Karie Lynn mentioned on a recent phone catch-up (the day before 4th of July) "Oh, I don't drink."... This came about as we were talking about the self-abusive antics people participate on on the 4th of July.. All the excessive drinking and eating that goes on, etc...
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When Karie, said that - it echoed a few times in my mind... And then I started saying it to myself; "I don't drink." That night I "added it all up" and made my decision final; "I don't drink." And that was it... I haven't missed it, haven't craved it, don't regret it... As a matter of fact, I feel more alive, more "in-tune" with myself and more connected to the world around me. It's a subtle shift, but definite for sure. Everything about my life is even better than before. I want to add something here... Going back to the roots of the alcohol industry... The pioneers of booze & hooch knew there were massive riches in supplying the public with a 'consumable numbing agent' and with the legalization of it, way back when.. it has become a multi, multi Billion dollar "legal drug" industry that will never go away. It's up to us, as individuals, to step out of that 'matrix', and rise above it if we know it is the right choice, based on out long term values and our personal goals. Sure, plenty of people "drink responsibly", but knowing the risk of cancer increases substantially with alcohol consumption makes the "drinking responsibly" angle irrelevant. I want to live long and strong... I want to 'Live to the Max'... Dropping drinking is another big step up the ladder of positive motion for positive results - in ALL areas of life. Any thoughts, questions, comments about today's post - or about the possibility of an "Atlas/SCULPTAFIT Female Fitness Retreat Weekend" to kick of the New Year, 2017, here in North Florida - please just post below. I'd LOVE to hear from you! :-) Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas
Saturday, July 9th 2016

SCULPTAFIT Studio Experience for Women Only

LOTS of time and energy have gone into this 5 minute video which will serve as the "who we are, what we do and how we can help you" video on the SCULPTAFIT Studio website... And... Since you may have been wondering why you haven't heard from me in a bit, I want to share it with you so you can see what we have been up to here :-) Click the 'Play' button and ENJOY!!

The SCULPTAFIT Studio Experience - for Women Only

Next week with be the 6th week "in business" and the feedback we are getting from our lovely Private-Clients is just out of this world... To say we are changing lives is an understatement... A few of them had me in tears with their early testimonials that were off the cuff and not caught on video (yet)... And you know I love hearing from you so please use the box below to share your thoughts, comments, questions... Thanks for watching!! Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas
Thursday, April 7th 2016

5 Things I’m Deeply Grateful For: Includes YOU

LOTS going on in 'AtlasVille'... LOTS to be grateful for:

So we dive right into it!! 1 - My good friends had a baby, and I got to visit them and give the little champ some love. My younger daughter came along and was able to hold the newborn cutie. She was DELIGHTED and it was sweet to watch. This new boy is a gem and his parents couldn't be more deserving. They are perfect parent material, in many ways. Love them. 2 - Speaking of my younger daughter (she’s 11yo)... Last Sunday, she asks; “Dad can you wake me up in the morning when you get up for your run?” I say; “Yes… but I get up at 5:40 am - why do you want me to get you up?” She answers; “Because I want to run with you…. The 1 mile run test we did at school made me feel good and I want to keep doing it.” Next morning she’s up BEFORE me :-) ready to go… We do the 1.75 mile run away from the house and then the walk/jog back. IT WAS AWESOME IN SO MANY WAYS… In the dark, street lights, moon rising - then the sun, birds starting to sing… The timing of everything was divine. And SHE LOVED IT. And was ready to go the next morning!! She had soccer practice on evening #2 - and on morning #3 woke up and said “I’m going to skip today because I’m feeling a little tired - so will take off this morning.” Awesome that she is tuning in to her own ‘capacity’ and also willing to let me know what she needs and when. 3 - Speaking of daughters… My older angel, who is about to graduate high school, is wrapping up her final high-school lacrosse season (she may play club in college) and at the previous game we had “Senior night” - this is where the parents walk with their child across the field, and the announcer reads a great summary/bio piece about each player/student. Each senior also gets a "player poster" - and we had some photo time with those too, as you can see here:
lexseniornight
A deep feeling of happiness flowed through me…. Extremely proud of my ‘Lex’, and the woman she is becoming. 4 - SCULPTAFIT is in Forward Motion!… Too much to share here, but in short - we are steadily moving forward with purpose and power… I have my core team (I’ll be introducing them soon) and we are working daily & weekly to create all that is necessary for Pre-Opening - and GRAND Opening… I am blessed to have these 2 inspiring and smart women at my side, working as a team to turn the vision of SCULPTAFIT into a life-changing reality… More to come… MUCH more :-)

5 - YOU

I’m grateful to be able to help you... I’m grateful you’re reading this today... And I’m grateful that you are alive and striving... THANK YOU. Your trainer for LIFE, Joey Atlas PS - I have more to be grateful for - and will be sure to share in a future post here. So, STAY TUNED! :-) PPS - any questions, thoughts, comments, virtual hugs? Just post below, you know I love hearing from you.
Wednesday, March 30th 2016

My Springtime SHIFT Mode for Body-Fat Reduction

First I want to say thanks for all the sweet Birthday wishes everyone posted on my facebook page. MUCH appreciated! Turning 46 feels awesome. Seriously.... I put in the daily work to be in line with my values and my goals - and the results show. Of course, I also strive to inspire others to do the same. And by you living your healthy and fit lifestyle - YOU will also inspire others as well. Maybe not everyone - but some for sure... I was at our local coffee shop last week doing some work, and the table of guys behind me were talking, trying to figure out some local answers. I turned around to help them out - and we started a friendly conversation. One thing led to another and they asked my age... When I said "46" - they were all blown away... NONE of them thought I was out of my mid-thirties yet. It felt good :-) Ok - so on that note - here is...

My Springtime SHIFT Mode for Body-Fat Reduction

1 - I get up a tad earlier and add about half a mile to my early morning run/jog/walk. Nothing crazy - just a little 'shift' in distance & duration. 2 - I delay all 'heavy' nutrition intake into later in the day by only eating certain veggies & fruits for the first half of the day (carrots, peppers, cucumber, strawberries) - with the exception of my morning tea and coffee. (at around 10am I have a double espresso with almond milk, cacao powder, stevia, and some coconut sugar). 3 - At about 1 or 2 pm I eat what I consider my first "meal" of the day. It's usually 1 or 2 rice cakes with organic butter, peanut butter, cinnamon, ground flax seeds and a pinch of sea salt. 4 - At around 2pm (sometimes earlier) I get up from my desk and do a 25 minute bike ride. I crank it out for about 15-20 minutes and the rest is light riding and just enjoying the outdoors. If it's raining, I grab my jump rope, turn on some good music and skip rope for about 20 minutes. 5 - A light snack around 4pm consisting of my absolute all-time favorite, ANTI-AGING greens juice powder and some nuts (almonds or cashews). If I'm extra hungry I chop a tomato and sprinkle on some black pepper, sea-salt and balsamic vinegar - and I'm satisfied for another 3 hours... 6 - At around 5pm I do my 30 minute body-weight training session and then shift into dinner mode for me and the kids.... Which consists of a spring mix salad, maybe a veggie also, a protein (wild tuna or 2 hard boiled eggs or sauteed chicken or a turkey burger (no bun of course) ...I do add some carbohydrates at this meal. 7 - Green tea and some lite snacking before bed is fine. I'm just mindful to keep a limit on how much I put into my stomach about 2 hours before bed. At first (the first few days) my stomach keeps sending those "hungry" signals in the morning.. But with each day they subside - and my body gets in sync with the 'SHIFT' mode... My energy goes up and my body (and mind) feels more efficient. Every few days there's a definite decrease in body-fat. I can see it in the mirror, feel it by touch, sense it in how my clothes fit - and feel it in my physical performance. Use my 7-Point Outline to create your own version of the Springtime SHIFT and give it a few days to kick in. Keep it simple. Check with your Doctor if you're unsure (even slightly) about it being right for you or not. Any questions, thoughts, comments? Please write in the box below - that space is there for YOU :-) Your trainer for LIFE, - Joey Atlas PS - here's a fun photo Joe (Joey Jr) took yesterday when we picked up my truck from being wrapped with the promo graphics for the new SCULPTAFIT Studio: Joey and Joey SUV preview 2016-03-30 at 11.34.19 AM
Wednesday, February 10th 2016

The intriguing results of my latest annual health exam

Every year - I do what, strangely, lots of men (and women) don’t do… I go in for my complete medical work-up to make sure “all is good and well”... - Full blood analysis - Check all vitals - Prostate - Eyes - Skin scan - Organs - Blood pressure - Etc… Going the extra mile, I even do a complete STD panel between relationships. I believe everyone should do that. But this is a deeper discussion for another day... Now, I haven’t been in a new relationship since my previous, and my last STD profile was clean as a whistle - so there was no need to do it last week. (also saved me from having to give about 3 more vials of blood, lol).

Now - here’s where things get pleasantly interesting...

My complete vision exam was done by a specialist a few weeks prior. When he was done, he said; “Joey, this is rare, but I do see this every now and again… Your vision has actually improved since your last exam 2.5 years ago.” And I knew he wasn’t kidding because I’ve felt that my vision has improved some. 1 point for “aging in reverse”... Then during my physical, we double-checked my blood pressure because it was reading lower than my previous history. And I was in about 6 weeks ago for a spider bite - and even that day my BP was showing good numbers as compared to the last few years. What’s amazing about this is that I’m currently under HIGH stress demands every single day as I work toward getting the 1st SCULPTAFIT Studio open in the Spring. (here's a recent photo I posted on the SCULPTAFIT Instagram Channel )
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When I say high stress - I mean HIGH... (I promise to write more about this in a future post). Even my mid-day, resting heart rate was lower. So, to see my BP and resting heart rate down in a much healthier range is very encouraging… This may be due to my daily meditation habit I’ve been including for the last 6 months… And maybe there’s more to it. But either way… Chalk up 2 more points for “aging in reverse”... Now, I say none of this to boast of course - but to share what is possible when we stick to the habits and lifestyle we know ARE GOOD FOR US. Too many people live in a constant state of self-disconnect - and as a result, their bodies and health deteriorate as the months tick by… They take no responsibility for their well-being - and they avoid living up to their best potential… They stay in “the trance” of common societal habits and avoid making the mindset shift which would take them out of the “life rut” - and onward toward optimal health, mental strength and vibrant longevity…

It all comes down to valuing yourself and valuing the 1 life you have...

Your life - your choice. What will you make of it? As always - I’m grateful for you taking the time to stop by here and read today’s post. Let me know your thoughts, questions, comments below - it inspires me to write more when I do hear from you... Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas